A court in Purnia district, 368 km northeast of Patna, has issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against a woman legislator of ruling Janata Dal (United) in a 12-year-old murder case.
Additional district judge (ADJ)-5 Vidya Sagar Pandey on Thursday issued the non-bailable warrant against Rupauli MLA Bima Bharti and her two aides, Mahavir Mandal and Motka Awadhesh, in connection with a murder case lodged on May 6, 2005 at Bhawanipur police station of the district.
A sessions court in the district had earlier rejected Bharti’s anticipatory bail petition.
Bharti, a former Bihar minister, and six others were charged under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code and section 27 of the Arms Act.
Bharti’s husband Awadhesh Mandal, a strongman of the region, is at present lodged in Purnia jail in connection with a number of criminal cases against him.
Complainant Sonia Devi had charged Bharti with instigating the other accused to kill her husband Chanchal Paswan, who was murdered in May 2005.
After investigation, police had absolved Bharti, Mahavir Mandal and Motka Awadhesh of all charges. However, the court issued summons against them on February 13 when witnesses, during the trial, said Paswan was murdered in the presence of the MLA. When they did not comply with the order, the court issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against them.
Meanwhile, Bharti said she was not aware of the court’s order. “The case is a political conspiracy against me and I have already moved the Patna high court for bail,” the MLA said on Friday.